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Federal Directorate Education promotes 5,000 teachers to BS-16, BS-14

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Federal Directorate Education  promotes 5,000 teachers to BS-16, BS-14
Islamabad:In a major development, the promotion of 5,000 teachers of two categories in the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has been approved. The Ministry of Education is expected to issue a notification to this effect in a couple of days, sources told ‘The News’.

Well-placed sources said that it has been approved to give Grade 14 to Matric Trained Teachers (MTT), currently working in Grade 9 and having academic qualification of Secondary School Certificate (SSC). Similarly, Grade 16 has been approved for Trained Undergraduate Teachers (TUGTs) who are now in Grade 14.

Sources said that the promotion of teachers would add financial burden of Rs150 million per month due to which both the Ministry of Education and Finance Division had been showing reluctance that caused a long delay in completion of the process of promotion.

An official said that there are some changes in the criterion for promotion in both categories as FA and CT is necessary for promotion in the MTT category and BA along with BEd is required in the TUGT category.

But the promotion case of Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) who are working in Grade 16 has hit snags, as they cannot be directly promoted to Grade 17 because according to rules they have to secure promotion through the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC).

Sources said the negotiations of teachers’ association with officials of the Ministry of Education and Finance Division failed to yield results as existing rules and procedures do not allow direct promotion to Grade 17.

The office-bearers of the teachers’ association have not yet lost hope as they are quite hopeful that they would find out some way for promotion of TGTs in Grade 17.

Some trained graduate teachers said they have masters and BEd degrees and take classes of arts and science subjects but they feel ignored as during last two decades teachers were appointed in Grade 17 directly through the FPSC.

FDE Chairperson Shaheen Khan told ‘The News’ that they had forwarded a promotion case of 13,000 teachers to the Ministry of Education and hopefully all of them would get promoted with the passage of time.

Talking to this scribe, Education Secretary Imtiaz Qazi told ‘The News’ that they have given approval for promotion of teachers in two categories, including MTT and TUGT.The news